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NEWS RELEASES 2013-14 :: FEBRUARY 10, 2014

SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS TO RECOGNIZE DRIVERS AND LOVE THE BUS IN FEBRUARY

The wheels on the bus could not go "round and round" without the bus drivers who navigate North Carolina's roads to make sure students get to and from school safely each day. That is why State Superintendent June Atkinson is encouraging parents, teachers, school leaders and students to recognize these drivers during the national Love the Bus month in February. Atkinson also will help Buncombe County Schools celebrate its bus drivers by riding (weather permitting) on a school bus taking students home from West Buncombe Elementary on Feb. 13.

"More than 13,400 yellow buses safely delivered 800,000 students to school this morning, but we do not often think about the important role bus drivers play in public education in our state," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson. "School bus transportation provides many safety and environmental benefits to North Carolina. This month is a great time to show our gratitude to bus drivers and others who help make sure the school bus remains the safest way for students to get to and from school."

Gov. Pat McCrory also has proclaimed Feb. 10-14 as "School Bus Driver Appreciation Week" in North Carolina and he urges all school communities and citizens to support the Love the Bus program and to recognize the excellence of the state's school bus drivers and their record of safety.

In addition to Atkinson's event on Feb. 13 with Buncombe County Schools, many other North Carolina school districts will be hosting a variety of activities to show their support for bus drivers. To find out more about these activities, visit www.ncbussafety.org and click on the "Love the Bus" link under the 2014 Events Calendar. Parents, teachers and children also are encouraged to visit the American School Bus Council's website www.LoveTheBus.com to share stories about their favorite bus drivers and make interactive valentines to email or print and give to their bus driver.

The Love the Bus program, founded in 2007 and coordinated by the American School Bus Council, is not only a way to raise awareness and appreciation for the hundreds of thousands of school bus drivers nationwide but also provides an opportunity for parents and children to learn more about the safety and environmental benefits of school bus transportation. Nationwide, school buses represent 25 percent of the miles traveled by students in this nation but account for less than 4 percent of the injuries.

Additional information on the ASBC is available online at www.americanschoolbuscouncil.org.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.